Bear Hunting

Native people in the Great Bear rain forest have decided to ban bear hunting. British Columbians are debating both whether they have that right and whether banning hunting is a wise thing to do. I have two arguments for banning hunting, one based on economics and one based on genetics.

  1. If you sell bears to bear watchers, you can collect a fee from thousands of American tourists for each bear. You can start collecting from the day the bear first sees the light of day, even if it later dies as a teenager. If you sell the bear to a trophy hunter, you can no longer collect those fees.
  2. Natural predators go after the sick, weak, deformed and malnourished. This has the salutary effect of removing those weak genes from the gene pool, making subsequent generations stronger. Trophy hunters go after the strongest, biggest bears in the prime of life. Normally those prime bears would sire the next generation. Hunting removes their premium genes from the gene pool forever. Hunters create a sort of reverse Darwinian selection when the fittest perish. Thus the quality of the gene pool deteriorates over time, hastening extinction.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)